Hotel Kärntnerhof: An Enchanting Stay In Vienna

Review of Hotel Kärntnerhof | Winkl 3
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Posted Dec 27, 2016

This charming boutique hotel with 41 rooms and 3 suites is nestled in a quiet street in Vienna, Austria’s city center. The timeless design with French flair, Italian elegance, and Viennese Art Nouveau, is combined into a 19th century building.

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A hotel and suites with history


The Kärtnerhof, known as Vienna’s smallest grand hotel, gleams a fresh light grey Wilhelminian façade. Niccolò Grassi, the interior designer, perfected the building with a combination of fine Italian fabrics, an extensive mix of Viennese Art Nouveau, and a little French flare. Delicate wallpaper with a blend of sage and grey colors, the original parquet flooring and reminders of Alexander von Humboldt, a German naturalist, complete the hotel’s timeless design. Throughout the hotel you will discover framed dried algae, butterflies under jars, ostrich and bird eggs, and several animal themed pictures.

All three suites in the hotel are named after an incident or its specific history.

The large "Dom-Suite" has a magnificent view of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a 3-minute walk away. St. Stephen's Cathedral is the symbol of Vienna. Construction began in the 12th century and it is one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria.

“Madame Rosa” suite is a reminder of the post-World War II years. The house was a brothel of the same name that counted mostly Allied Soldiers among its customers.

The “Christiane Hörbiger Suite” is dedicated to the Grande Dame of German and Austrian film, Christiane Hörbiger. She has won several awards and now lives in Vienna. Don’t be surprised if you see Loriot, her pug dog, it is a regular guest at the hotel and is taken care of by the hotel staff.

All 44 rooms and suites are fully equipped with a personal safe, flat screen cable TV, bathtub/shower, hairdryer, and a direct dialing telephone. Internet access/Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel free of charge.

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The single room

I stayed in the single room. It was a small room, 12 m² (129 ft²), but had everything I needed. The single bed was very comfortable, the desk offered more than enough room for me to set up my laptop and work. The bathroom was spacious and offered a bathtub and shower.

The room rates vary dramatically. All room rates include breakfast in the Parlor. Depending on size and season, a single room of 12 m² (129 ft²) starts at 79 EUR (82 USD). Double rooms start at 105 EUR (109 USD) and the suites start at 219 EUR (228 USD).

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An oasis in the heart of the city

The boutique hotel is on a hidden quiet street in the heart of the city. You can walk to St. Stephen’s Cathedral within three minutes. Excellent shopping is right around the corner of the hotel. Art and culture of the city can be found next door. Numerous museums can be reached within 15 minutes walking. If you drive to Vienna, the hotel has a parking area for you to use for 18 EUR (19 USD) for 24 hours.

After a busy day in the city, relax on the rooftop terrace. Very few hotels in the city center have their own rooftop terrace. Relax and enjoy the views of the courtyard of the Holy Cross (Heiligenkreuzerhof) with the baroque towers in the summer months

Indulge in the breakfast buffet

The complimentary buffet breakfast is served in the dining room from 7:00 am to 11:00 am. You will have a wide variety of choices including local and regional products such as breads, rolls, and a variety of cheese and meats. Keep up to date on current events reading the complimentary international daily press newspapers and magazines available on display in the dining room. The hotel only serves breakfast and afternoon tea as it does not have its own restaurant. The staff know the area and city very well and will give you several recommendations based on the type of cuisine you want and the price range.

Vienna’s smallest grand hotel

The Kärtnerhof Hotel is an oasis nestled into a quiet street in the heart of Vienna. The ideal location for all visitors. It is conveniently located within walking distance to many attractions and the metro for those who wish to discover more of Vienna.

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